I don't see it the same way - I believe the Hawks just entered a slump starting 4/1 - we lost every game in the month of April. It's obviously the one time of year you don't want to have your slump. Think if the playoffs started in December - the Wild would have run away with the cup, the Blues were slumping at that time, etc. Several months later the Blues are having their strong point of the season, the Wild couldn't play after February and the Hawks start their slump 4/1. It's why the Wild and Hawks are out of it and the Blues are going to round 2. The Hawks didn't win the conference on a fluke and if we squeaked into the 8th seed and then lost in 4 straight in round 1 then yeah I'd say it's time to blow it up. But that didn't happen. There will be changes but the main core should stay together still.
Edit: We just fired our AHL coach of the Rockford Ice Hogs
I agree, especially in regards to this year. I didn't pay close enough attention to exactly what was going on with them, but I know they lose the last 4 of the regular season before getting swept. I mentioned last week that I thought they are a top 3 team in the league this year. They just went cold at the wrong time. Guessing they rested people down the stretch and just never turned it back on, but again, I haven't followed them too closely.
Cap not going up by as much as expected the past few years hurts them. The Kane/Toews deals seemed to rely on that happening. So, that hurts. But, Kane and Toews are a good pair to build around. They'll have depth issues (which can be a problem), but I think they'll be a playoff team for the foreseeable future. And, nobody is going to look forward to playing Kane and Toews in the playoffs.